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Dr. Lisa Klesges Named President-Elect of the Society of Behavioral Medicine

For release: May 28, 2013
For press information, contact Julie Graves, 901-678-4299

Dr. Lisa M. Klesges
Dr. Lisa M. Klesges

Dr. Lisa M. Klesges has been named president-elect of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), a multidisciplinary organization of clinician educators and scientists dedicated to promoting the study of the interactions of behavior with biology and the environment, and the application of that knowledge to improve the health and well-being of individual families and communities.

Klesges is dean and professor of epidemiology and social and behavioral sciences in the University of Memphis’ School of Public Health.

She believes SBM is “uniquely poised” to influence emerging issues facing the nation’s health care system – aging, chronic illness and disease prevention – and wants SBM to re-examine behavioral medicine’s education and training programs to ensure early career professionals have the necessary skills to tackle such issues. Klesges advocates a strong SBM national presence, believing the Society should back funding and public policy positions that support behavior change research. “Fostering interdisciplinary partnerships that emphasize translation of evidence to and from practices and populations and providing evidence-based recommendations to an expanded audience of professional and national stakeholders are integral to SBM’s future,” she says.

Klesges is a Fellow of SBM and has served on its Membership Council and nominating and program committees, and chaired the Translational Research to Practice Track.

She is leading the charge for the U of M to become a premier academic institution in public health recognized for the way it integrates research, teaching, service and practice in a diverse environment to develop effective solutions to public health problems.

The U of M School of Public Health prepares public health and health management leaders to tackle the significant health care and public health challenges of our time. Its training programs emphasize both discovery and application, with the goal of moving “knowledge into action” locally, nationally and globally.

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